English dancer Elizabeth Harrod is a Soloist with The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Norwegian National Ballet in 2004, returning to the Company in 2007 as an Artist. She was promoted to First Artist in 2008 and Soloist in 2013.
Harrod was born in Lincoln and began dancing aged six at the Skelton Hooper School of Dance and Theatre, Hull. She became a Junior Associate at The Royal Ballet School and joined the Lower School at the age of 11, graduating in 2004. Her roles since returning to The Royal Ballet have included Clara (The Nutcracker), blue girl (Les Patineurs), Princess Stephanie (Mayerling), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), White Cat and Fairy of the Golden Vine (The Sleeping Beauty), Moyna (Giselle) and Spring Fairy (Cinderella). She has also performed in new works by Liam Scarlett, Christopher Wheeldon, Alasdair Marriott and Jonathan Watkins.
Work away from the Company includes appearing in a music video with singer Keaton Henson for Channel 4’s Random Acts. She has a diploma in nutrition and is married to Royal Ballet Principal Steven McRae, with whom she has taught ballet workshops in Australia.
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Royal Ballet in rehearsal ©ROH/Sim Canetty-Clarke 2012
Royal Ballet First Artist Elizabeth Harrod in rehearsals © Andrej Uspenski 2013
Elizabeth Harrod and Ryoichi Hirano in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2011
Ludovic Ondiviela as the Nephew and Elizabeth Harrod as Clara in The Nutcracker © Johan Persson/ROH 2011
Elizabeth Harrod in Asphodel Meadows, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2010
Elizabeth Harrod as Clara in The Nutcracker © Johan Persson/ROH 2009